Financial assistance

Benefits UNISON News Welfare

If you are a member and you are experiencing financial difficulties, whatever the circumstances, There for You can offer you support.

We can provide one-off grants to those in difficulty due to coronavirus, or other financial assistance for those experiencing unexpected hardship.

Financial assistance

You may have financial difficulties for all sorts of unexpected reasons, such as:

  • Hardship directly linked to coronavirus
  • Loss of income;
  • Relationship breakdown;
  • Bereavement;
  • Suffering from a long illness;
  • Needing to buy equipment because of a disability;
  • Caring for someone with special needs or an illness.

What we can help with

There for You is proud to support thousands of members and their families every year, with grants totalling over half a million pounds to help with things such as general living costs, household appliances, urgent repairs, disability equipment and adaptations, utility bills and funeral costs.

Please note that the COVID-19 response fund is currently suspended but if you are in financial difficulty as a result of the crisis you can apply for this general financial assistance.


To be eligible to apply for financial assistance, you must have been a member of UNISON for at least four weeks and up-to-date with your subscriptions. Also, that the financial difficulties that led you to apply occurred after you joined. Partners or dependants can also apply.

To apply, please download an application form, fill it out and return it to us along with scans, screenshots or photos of your supporting paperwork.

Download application form


If you have difficulty completing the form, email us at or call 020 7121 5620 and leave a message with your contact details. We will be in touch as soon as possible to help you through the process.

School Uniform Grant 2020

Applications open on Monday 3 August

In response to the growing difficulties many members on low incomes face, There for You is once again pleased to be able to offer the School Uniform Grant scheme, which will assist members with the cost of purchasing school uniforms. The grants are one-off payments of £50 per child (up to a total of £150).

Members who have already purchased uniform ready for the new school year are still welcome to apply. Please note that this year applications are online.

UNISON benefits calculator

See what help is available from benefits if you’re affected by coronavirus, and make sure you’re getting all the help you’re eligible for with the UNISON Benefits Calculator.

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Help with debt

Even a small change in circumstances can turn a manageable situation into a debt problem that may threaten your home or your family’s wellbeing. UNISON Debtline is a free, confidential debt advice service that can help you deal with all sorts of debt.

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There for You – application for financial assistance form

23 April 2020

For members to fill out

BWO Criteria Financial Assistance 2019

24 September 2019

This policy document puts into context the criteria to be used for the assessment of applications to UNISON Welfare for financial assistance.

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